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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Summer Libations...

Categories: B-town's Rainbow Flavor

So it's summertime in Bloomington and that means nothing but fun - here are a few suggestions for some (almost) guaranteed good times.  A couple of options for queer-specific crowds include: Uncle E's, Bloomington's last standing gay bar, is breaking in their new digs - stop by 7 nights a week at 1614 W. Third St. or call 812.331.0060 for event schedules including twice-weekly drag shows.  Sunday is Boing night at Jake's Nightclub, 419 N. Walnut St. (812.333.5253) and offers a great chance to dance the weekend away.

As for the rest of the week, and the rest of the town for that matter, there's plenty to do and you'll always feel welcome.  Sunday night at farmBloomington offers a great little scene in the bar and front seating area.  Half-price "pies" (woodstone pizzas) are the perfect complement to their full bar selection.  I like to just have the bartenders surprise me with whatever their in the mood to make. 

Just down the street, you can never go wrong at Crazy Horse - half-price bottles of wine on Sunday & Wednesday and one of the best outdoor seating areas in the city.  The Crazy Horse Friday happy hour (4-7) is legendary and offers free munchies (including pizza after 5) and discounted 23 oz. domestics. 

Monday is the night to be seen (well any night is the night to be seen) at Malibu Grill.  $5 martinis all night long.  This place has to have the staff that's easiest on the eyes in Bloomington.  The food is delicious too and their located in the heart of the eastside of the Courthouse Square.  The spinach-artichoke dip is pretty unforgettable.

Monday is also half-price wine at Uptown Cafe - a Bloomington tradition.  Cajun jazz meets Bloomington cosmopolitan.  Try and snag a table that doubles as a work of art from Bella Bella by Lara Moore.  Make sure you try your entree "hoosier style" with mashed potatoes instead of rice.

Every night of the summer is half-price martinis at Scholars Inn Gourmet Cafe & Wine Bar.  The "All-Nighter" is aptly named, the Manhattan will grow hair on your chest, and the Cosmo is a delight.  You just might go back every night for the rest of the summer.

Another option for martinis is Grazie! Italian Eatery - Thursday's are half-price night here.  One step into this chic bar and you will forget you are across from the Courthouse Square.  Live piano on Friday nights by Bloomington's own Dave Schwandt.

One more stop for you wine lovers is tutto bene wine cafe & more.  Possibly the best wine list in town in an atmosphere that is equally unmatched.  Check out their $10 bottle list on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Whew - that's enough for now.  Happy bar-hopping!